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House passes bill to repeal 3 percent withholding tax mandate
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The House passed HR 674 to repeal the 3 percent withholding tax mandate, by a vote of 405 to 16. We are grateful for the leadership of Congressmen Wally Herger, R-Calif., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who tirelessly championed the legislation in the House. This resounding and overwhelmingly bipartisan vote is the result of the persistent and diverse efforts of our coalition. According to the rule adopted by the House, HR 674 has been combined with HR 2576, which was also approved by the House with bipartisan support, into one measure. HR 2576, in essence the offset, would adjust the income qualifications for purposes of determining eligibility for certain healthcare-related programs, such as Medicaid. Just as the Administration endorsed HR 674, it has likewise endorsed H.R. 2576 (Statements of Administration Policy for both HR 674 & HR 2576 are attached). This means the House has approved with bipartisan support and the Administration's blessing a measure to repeal the 3 percent withholding tax mandate with an offset that enjoys bipartisan support and the Administration's support as well. We have great momentum, but our work is not yet done ...

The ball is now squarely in the Senate's court. In the coming days, we will be in communication with coalition members about how we will move forward to urge the Senate to pass the House-approved legislation to repeal the 3 percent withholding tax.

Key ITT instrument, CrIS atmospheric sounder, successfully launched onboard weather satellite
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An ITT Corporation-built advanced atmospheric sounding instrument for the next-generation U.S. climate and weather monitoring system satellite was successfully launched at 2:48 a.m. PDT Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. More

U.S. Saws Break and Take Magnetic Manhole Removal Tool
Products’ Features: Use rare neodymium magnets that don’t wear out - Impact protection guards around the magnet - Durable aluminum handle assemblies - Storage tray for mobility during transportation; Affordable and long-lasting - Optional magnet offered for Little Lifter model for increased lifting capability - Range of models for various applications from light duty to grate removal to 500 pound lifting capacity. MORE

Coalition to Save Our GPS clips
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Oct. 27
Under the headline "Weathering Political Criticism, LightSquared Takes on Detractors," National Journal reports that the company released publicly available information that it had compiled to show that Trimble executives sold company stock the month after LightSquared received conditional FCC approval.

Oct. 28
A conference call for reporters held Oct. 27, by the Coalition to Save Our GPS indicates that the dialogue is "heating up." During the call, Coaltion representatives noted, in part, "it is fair to say the FCC considered terrestrial use of the L-band, it only did for very small chunks and not in the way LightSquared is envisioning." It was further stated that the introduction of the idea of extensive terrestrial use of the L-band as now proposed by LightSquared came in November 2010 when LightSquared applied for the FCC approval that led to the current debate.

After the conference call, several outlets reported on the LightSquared issue.

LightSquared issued a statement by its vice president for regulatory affairs after the call touting the technical "solutions" LightSquared claims have been developed; accusing the GPS industry of politicizing a complex technical matter; and suggesting questions LightSquared believes the GPS industry should answer.

Aviation Week reported that additional government testing of GPS receivers for interference from LightSquared's broadband-wireless network under a revised deployment plan is getting under way at Holloman AFB, N.M.

LightSquared issued a press release announcing a collaboration with PCTEL, a global leader in the design and development of innovative antenna solutions, to resolve concerns over high-precision GPS receivers. The Kansas City Business Journal reported on the announcement, noting that many in the aviation, agricultural and GPS industries "loudly oppose" the network because of GPS interference.

Politico reports that LightSquared accused GPS manufacturer Trimble of lobbying against the broadband company out of narrow financial interest, pointing to sales of Trimble stock by its board members following the FCC's conditional waiver to LightSquared.

LiDAR Mapping Forum 2012
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The organizers of the International LiDAR Mapping Forum taking place in Denver from Jan. 23-25, unveiled the conference program for this 12th special event. With world-class technological research and commercial advances in LIDAR presented by experts from across the globe, the program will deliver information about the latest new technologies and services around the world. More

Cultivating GNSS
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It's come a long way in a short time. In the mid-1990s, GPS was moving into the surveying mainstream. Post-processed static or kinematic methods using briefcase-sized receivers were the primary techniques for GPS surveying, which focused heavily on control and geodetic applications. As manufacturers introduced GPS field surveying equipment that was smaller and simpler to operate, the cost-to-productivity ratio rapidly improved. More

Driving the islands
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When the Public Works department for Washington state's San Juan County was challenged with identifying and mapping roadside assets in an effort to improve traffic safety, it responded by sending out crews with hand-held GPS units. They quickly realized both the scope such a project entailed and the overall inefficiency of using that technique. More

Advanced color-printing technologies improve GIS and CAD workflows
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GIS and CAD plot files have been increasing exponentially in complexity and size, thanks to the growing use of high-resolution and satellite imagery, detailed vector data, 3Ddata and the sophisticated modeling capabilities of design software. On the one hand, this means better maps that can support better decision making by clients. On the other hand, the inkjet printing and plotting technology traditionally used in the industry is proving no match for these larger files. More

Geospatial data collection: From the field to the cloud
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Internally or publicly, most organizations are pushing for more transparency in their operations, and for good reason. State and local governments are being required to report data to the federal government. Federal agencies are being required to be more transparent about their accomplishments and where, spatially, work was accomplished. More

Global maps show human impact on Earth
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On the last day of October 2011, the U.N. says the world population will hit seven billion people — an increase of one billion since 1999. To show some of the impacts of this vast human upheaval, Canadian anthropologist Felix Pharand has created a series of visualizations mapping the presence of technology onto a selection of satellite images showing the Earth from space. More

International geocoding: The key to multi-national success
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Geocoding is a piece of the GIS puzzle that many of us take for granted. But if your geocode is wrong, your analytics are wrong, your insights are wrong — and your decisions are wrong — so it pays to be accurate. In this article, PBBI's international geocoding product manager, Uwe Rupp, breaks down the elements of geocoding accuracy. More

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